Stories for Jul. 30, 2014

ScratchJr project from Tufts, MIT
photo: Amanda Strawhacker, Dylan Portelance/Tufts University

ScratchJr is a programming language customized to help very young kids build interactive games and storage. Now a new iPad app brings it to that audience. Read more »

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Stories for Jul. 29, 2014

It’s tempting to see private vs. public as something binary or black and white, but there is a whole universe of human behavior expressed through services like Twitter and Facebook that falls somewhere between those two extremes, and we need to figure out how to handle it properly. Read more »

In Brief

Apple TV got a few more apps Tuesday, including a CNBC app that offers access to a live stream of the business news network as well as full episodes and clips. Viewers who want to watch CNBC live, or catch up on full shows, do need to sign in with their pay TV account information, which is also true for the newly-added Fox Now app that offers pay TV subscribers access to full episodes of shows like Glee and New Girl. Also added this week: TV 2 Sumo, which is only available in Norway, as well as the LatAm-exclusive subscription sports app Esporte Interativo.

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What are the modern workforce’s expectations in terms of BYOD, collaboration style and modern tools support, and how well is IT aligned with them? Join Gigaom Research analysts and our sponsor Adobe for a live webinar discussion on August 5. Read more »

In Brief

In emerging markets, smartphones are gaining ground based on crazily low pricing. Check out this Gadget piece about recent figures from South African retail giant Pep. In the second half of 2013, 1 percent of the pre-pay phones Pep sold were smartphones. That was up to 13 percent in the first half of this year, and soon it will be 30 percent. Much of this is down to the arrival of super-cheap, WhatsApp-centric Android phones priced as low as R399 ($38). Now consider that Microsoft just killed off Asha, the low-end Nokia line that’s been its big contender in markets such as this. Those cheap new Lumias had better be really cheap.

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